A thorough investigation has been called for by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into the alleged fraudulent collection of N90 billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in which names of key personalities in the presidency has been mentioned.
PDP dared Buhari not to hide the truth which is described as “humongous corruption involving highly placed officers in this administration, as it had done in the past.”
Recall that Timi Frank, a former Deputy Spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress, APC, alleged that the Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS, had released the N90bn to the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo for the 2019 general elections.
He stated that the ongoing crisis against Osinbajo has nothing to do with 2023 politics but was sue to corruption.
However, the FIRS had denied the allegation, stating that it didn’t make N90 billion available to Vice-President for the election campaign.
It accused Frank of seeking cheap popularity while threatening that it would file a libel suit if he refuses to tender an apology in three major newspapers within the next 24 hours.
However, PDP lamented that such alleged corrupt practices were linked to a government which came to power on the promises of fighting corruption.
A statement by PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan reads: “The party laments that in the face of excruciating hardship being endured by citizens, a government, which came into office on the mantra of change and zero tolerance for corruption, has become enmeshed in atrocious acts of corruption.
“The PDP holds that it is pathetic and speaks volumes of the character of this administration that a top member of the cabinet is being fingered in this reprehensible siphoning of monies collected as taxes from millions of already impoverished Nigerians.
“Our party notes that this shocking allegation directly borders on gross misconduct and breach of public trust.
“The party therefore rejects the flimsy denials and threats being pushed through the FIRS as a belated attempt at cover-up by persons close to the Presidency.
“It is therefore held that the delay by the Buhari Presidency in applying established statutory processes and procedures of ordering an investigation into the issue only goes to confirm that the Buhari administration is a citadel of corruption.
“This is more so as reports are already in the public domain of how the money stolen from FIRS, was allegedly diverted to private purses and for other extraneous purposes including the 2019 extravagant campaigns of
“Nigerians expect that all our national resources should always be used to ensure the welfare of the citizenry and must be accounted for at all times.”